At the end of the school year, my principal informed me that I will be teaching Kindergarten next year. I have not taught Kindergarten before so this will be a very new experience for me!
Not gonna lie.... I have always secretly been afraid of Kindergarteners. This is the third time that she has wanted to put me in Kindergarten. I escaped it the first two times... guess I couldn't escape anymore. I used to say that I would actually prefer to teach fifth grade over Kindergarten (because I was honestly that afraid of teaching Kindergarten!!). I know that it really shouldn't be that different from teaching first grade. It should be an easy transition, right??? At least that is what I keep telling myself.
Honestly, I just don't know how Kindergarten teachers do it. Those first two months or so are what scare me the most. The crying. The boogers. The bathroom accidents. The parents....oh, the parents! The noise. The inability to cut, glue, use a pencil, stand in a line, go to the bathroom on their own....to do anything! How do you survive?
I am currently halfway between denial and acceptance. Some moments, I think, I can do this! I have dealt with the beginning of first grade before. They need to be retaught a lot of these things anyway. But then I am honest with myself and I think, NOPE! No way, no how! I am not going to make it. I am going to be tied up in a corner crying by the end of the first week. Maybe I will become just like that teacher on Billy Madison that eats glue...
Tell me it ain't so!!
But then I try to remind myself of the joys that I will experience in Kindergarten. I will have an assistant. Maybe she can do bathroom duty?? No, I am not that mean. I won't make her suffer it alone. haha
But it would be nice to have another adult in the room to talk to throughout the day. Someone to help out when I realize that I forgot that one copy or I didn't get all of the papers cut out in time.
Another positive is how innocent and little they are. I love little kids. They say the cutest things and they believe EVERYTHING you tell them! ;-) I may or may not use this to my advantage....hehe We can really enjoy the holidays and play time and craft time. Everything will be brand new to them. Everything is a new adventure.
I love to teach reading. While I do really love to teach children how to read for the first time, there is this notion that all reading teachers should teach Kindergarten. I love teaching all aspects of reading. But this will be a fun adventure for me.
I am looking forward to learning something new. As you know, I love to create and I already have my mind whirling with new ideas of activities, centers, lessons, etc. I am gaining some excitement about the IDEA of teaching Kindergarten.
Maybe I can be more like Miss Honey instead:
I just have to keep telling myself..... I think I can, I think I can!